Greens provide a real alternative for education excellence


Alan Singer's Huffington Post article expresses the disappointment among progressives in President Obama's education plan, which bows to corporate interests and substitutes test-teaching for broad learning and critical thinking.  He goes on to say:

"Although I had doubts in 2008, I voted for Barack Obama largely because high school students and teachers I worked with in New York City and suburban minority communities believed in his message of hope. They would have been disappointed in me if I did not share their hopes for a better future. But based on his school performance I am unlikely to vote for Obama again, no matter the alternative.
 
One option I am exploring is the Green Party candidacy of Jill Stein for President. I know Stein will not be elected, but at least Stein and the Greens are discussing the major educational issues and introducing real alternatives. If Stein can get into the televised Presidential debates in the fall, maybe Obama and his Republican opponent will be forced to respond.
 
According to their party platform, "Greens believe every child deserves a public education that fosters critical and holistic thought, and provides the breadth and depth of learning necessary to become an active citizen and a constructive member of our society." This idea sounds like something Obama might believe in, but unfortunately it was not part of his Race to the Top program.
 
The Greens are "strongly opposed to the dissolution of public schools and the privatization of education" and "believe that the best educational experience is guaranteed by the democratic empowerment of organized students, their parents and communities along with organized teachers." Specifically, they want to "eliminate gross inequalities in school funding," they "oppose the administration of public schools by private, for-profit entities," and they want to provide "free college tuition to all qualified students at public universities and vocational schools."
 
These all sound like good ideas to me. The Greens may not represent the "Almighty," but they do offer an actual alternative to Obama's failed policies and the no-choice entrepreneurial programs being pushed by the Republican candidates."

As Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party vice-presidential candidate, has said, "The Green Party is no longer the alternative. It is the imperative."

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